Of course the Illawarra is like a big kid's playground with all our ocean, green spaces and escarpment to roam in. BUT, as the weather cools and it comes to dedicated kid's entertainment - here is the Parents Guide Illawarra TOP 10 FUN PLACES TO GO!
We've just updated this list for 2019, show it to your kids and let them tick them off our regions best entertainment options....
Number 1 - Little Stompers Family Café, Play & Party Centre
Why kids love it: Boasting the Illawarra’s most fun, safe, clean, and best value for money Play & Party Centre! Kids go nuts for the multi-level play maze, 3 lane slide and dedicated safe toddler and baby play zone!
Great for: Ages 0 - 12 years. For little babies starting to crawl right up to bigger kids who love to be active and burn lots of energy.
Why parents love it too! Kick back with a barista-made coffee and a delicious snack or meal, while children play in a safe and fun environment. Yes - you can actually finish a conversation! And did we mention that it is clean? This gets a big tick! They also offer a fantastic Rewards Card for regular visits (every 5th visit is free), Parents & Carers Group Specials and even offer discounts for twins & triplets!
Cost: 6-12 months: $5 (FREE if accompanied with a sibling over 12 months): 1-12 years: $10 Twins, triplets etc: only one entry fee of $10 for all Star Card: $120 for 12 months unlimited entry.
Special Offer: Book a party before 30 June 2019 for any time in the next 12 months and Little Stompers will give you a FREE fruit and cheese or sandwich platter valued at $35 for the adults! (offer available on payment of $50 deposit).
Location and opening days: 115 Kenny Street, Wollongong. Mondays - Fridays & Saturdays from 9am to 3pm, Sundays from 10am - 3pm
Contact details: Phone: (02) 4227 6695 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / CLICK HERE to visit online
Number 2: Trees Adventure Nowra Park
Why kids love it: Zipline through the trees for a stunning and thrilling adventure activity that the whole family can join in on! And only 1 hour's drive from Wollongong. With over 80 challenges and 15 flying foxes, this is an experience that all kids will remember for a very long time...
Great for: 4 years +
Why parents love it too! A great opportunity to re-connect as a family and to share in an activity that will increase both your fitness and your child's confidence.
Cost: Child $25 (4-7 years), Child $38 (8-17), Adult $48 for all 2.5-hour sessions (check-in 15min prior). School holiday program available for KidZip 8-12yrs is $55.
Location and opening days: Located at Shoalhaven Zoo - 23 Rock Hill Rd, North Nowra. Tue-Fri 9:30am-5pm, Sat-Sun, 8.30am-5pm. Open everyday 8:30am - 5pm during school holidays.
Number 3: Early Start Discovery Space
Why kids love it: COME PLAY! Australia’s only dedicated children’s museum. Sail the seas, dig for buried treasure, tour the tummy, make a LEGO movie, explore a cave – plus 9 more hands-on experiences.
Great for: All ages from birth to 10 years
Why parents love it too! An interactive children’s play space that stimulates curiosity, nurtures creativity, builds confidence and provides families with opportunities for discovery and play.
Cost: $15 for everyone over the age of 12 months. FREE for children under the age of 12 months. Annual Memberships available.
Location and opening days: Located at University of Wollongong main campus, Northfields Ave, Wollongong NSW. Open Tue-Sun, 9am-4pm. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays.
Contact details: (02) 4221 3777 / Email: email@example.com / CLICK HERE to visit online.
Number 4: Wollongong Botanic Garden
Why kids love it: Stunning, multi-purpose playpark surrounded by beautiful gardens, allowing children to be immersed in nature while also learning all about it. There is always a never-ending network of paths to explore and hidden treasures to discover. A hugely popular location for hide and seek! And don't forget about the large duck pond that has been entertaining generations of children and their families. Budding Bookworms is a FREE activity for children every Friday (weather permitting) where a storyteller engages children with sing-alongs, dancing and crafts.
Great for: All ages are welcome amongst the family-friendly and community-feel of the garden and its surrounds.
Why parents love it too! Allows parents and carers the opportunity to relax while children spend hours getting back to nature. Offers the perfect location for a morning tea picnic. Coffee Van, Garden Grounds, operates every day from 9am to 2pm which also offers snacks and treats. Provides a wonderful backdrop and location for childrens' birthday parties with a lovely educational and outdoor twist - they have 2 hour Ranger Birthday Party packages available.
Cost: It is free to enter the grounds daily. School Holiday Programs, workshops, events and activities are at cost.
Location and opening days: Murphys Avenue Keiraville NSW 2500 (near the University of Wollongong). Non-Daylight Saving Hours: 7am to 5pm daily / Daylight Saving Hours: Weekdays 7am to 6pm & Weekends & Public Holidays 7am to 6.45pm / Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day only.
Contact details: General enquiries: (02) 4227 7667 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why kids love it: Thrilling, fun, team work and like being in the movies!
Great for: Age 5-18 years who have an interest in gaming, action movies and gentle combat!
Why parents love it too! Exercise in disguise - great for couch prone gamers!
Cost: Single Mission $8. 3 Missions $20. 2 hours of unlimited Laser ONLY $15 (available Wed & Thurs)
Location and opening days: Unit 1, Lot 2 Drummond Street, Wollongong. Wed - Fri 4pm - 9pm. Sat 10am-9pm. Sun 10am - 6pm
Number 6: Hangdog Climbing Gym
Why kids love it: Kids can experience the thrill of rock climbing in a safe and controlled environment. Join the Kids Club - it is the perfect opportunity for your child to improve their climbing, learn skills and meet other climbers. Action-packed birthday party packages.
Great for: 3 years - 100! Kids Club from 7 - 17 years.
Why parents love it too! Climbing tests us mentally and physically and is a challenge the whole family can conquer together!
Cost: Casual Entry (Under 16) $12. 16 years + $16. Multi Pass options available. Single Kids Club Visit $25 (5 x Kids Club Pass also
available). Grab an Adventure Pass and Climb, Jump and Zap for only $40! (valued at $80).
Location and opening days: 130 Auburn Street, Wollongong. Mon – Fri 10am - 9pm, Sat 9am - 7pm & Sun 9am - 6pm.
Number 7: Hangtime Trampoline Park
Why kids love it: Illawarra's premier Trampoline park! With wall to wall trampolines, dodgeball competitions, a foam pit, performance walls, slam dunk, skills and fitness classes Hangtime has something for all ages and abilities - need we say more?
Great for: All ages and abilities
Why parents love it too! Parents can kick back with a coffee on the viewing platform while kids bounce their sillies away! Hangtime
also has birthday party packages complete with a dedicated party host to entertain the kids. And for parents wanting to discover a way to unite
fitness and fun, join the Hangtime B-Fit Program.
Cost: 30 mins for $8, 1 hour for $14, Family pass (for 4) $40, Multi Pass options available. Grab an Adventure Pass and Climb, Jump and Zap for only $40! (valued at $80).
Location and opening days: Unit 3, Lot 2 Drummond Street, Wollongong. Mon - Fri 10am - 9pm, Sat 9.30am - 7pm, Sun 9.30am - 6pm
Number 8: Shellharbour Tenpin Bowl
Why kids love it: Kids can spend hours of fun bowling with friends (we have special bumper bowling just for kids), along with amusement machines and even special kids meals at our café!
Great for: A family fun night out without breaking the budget, a great group activity to do with friends (there is discounted pricing for a group larger than 15 people), and we also make an awesome birthday party venue!
Why parents love it too! Shellharbour Tenpin Bowling offers a great activity for the whole family, for all ages and all abilities! Entry prices and party packages wont break the bank.
Cost: Under 5's: 1 game - $8, 2 games - $14. Student/child/senior: 1 game - $12, 2 games - $19. Adults: 1 game - $13, 2 games - $21,
Additional games after the first 2 games are $5 each. School holiday pricing is the same for both adults and children. 9am-11am (early bird special):
2 games for $12, 11am onwards: 1 game for $10, 2 games for $16. Group rates for 15 or more people: 1 game $12 and 2 games $18.
Location and opening days: 10 Sunset Avenue, Warilla NSW 2528. Monday - Friday from 9am to late, Saturday & Sunday from 10am to
Contact details: (02) 4295 4300 / Email email@example.com / CLICK HERE to visit online
Number 9: Wollongong Inflatable World
Why kids Love it: Great for bouncing the crazies away during rainy, cold days and the holidays! Sessions are for two hours per single entry fee - it's great fun and a great workout!
Great for: All ages! Those days when cabin fever hits! A great, energetic, active option for kids! They also offer fantastic fun for birthday parties too! Open every day during the school holiday periods.
Contact details: (02) 4225 2211
Location and opening days: 69 Montague Street North Wollongong. School Holidays everyday and Saturdays & Sundays: 10am - 4pm
Website: CLICK HERE to visit online.
Number 10: Science Space
Why kids love it: With over 90 interactive exhibits and educational science shows, Science Space is also home to Australia's #1 most digitally advanced Planetarium system! The Science Shop also carries a huge range of STEM products.
Great for: Age 2+ and budding little scientists.
Why parents love it too! Science Space offers the perfect family day out mixing FUN with an educational focus for young and old. Parents can be part of their children's learning extension by helping them to engage and interact with what Science Space has to offer.
Cost: General Pass is $11 for a Child and $15 for an Adult OR grab the Ultimate Pass for $14 for a Child and $18 for an Adult. U12 Months FREE. Membership Packages also available.
Location and opening days: 60 Squires Way, Wollongong (located on the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus). Mon-Sun 10am - 4pm. Closed Wednesdays during NSW term time.
Contact details: (02) 4286 5000 / CLICK HERE to visit online
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With our thanks to the kids that voted and each venue listed who we have worked in partnership with Parents Guide Illawarra and who have sponsored this Top 10 list!
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